LG G3 leaks out: Quad HD display likely, polycarbonate body

Samsung and HTC have already launched their flagship smartphones for 2014, Sony has unveiled (but it’s not yet shipping) its Xperia Z2, and it seems like LG is the sole company in this circle of major Android phone makers that has not yet announced its 2014 contender.

The LG G3 - the rumored name for this yet unofficial device - has leaked out time and time again, but this time around we have one of the most comprehensive looks at it, coming from an inside source, who has allegedly seen the G3 and spilled the beans to Bulgarian blog Nixanbal. The blog has a short, but good track record with such leaks, but keep in mind that - as with all rumors - nothing is official, so you'd do good to take it with a healthy grain of salt.

With this in mind, what we learn is that the LG G3 is very likely to sport a Quad HD (2560 x 1440-pixel) display. The source, who has allegedly seen the device, describes the display as ‘impressive’, but not just for its sharpness. Chances are that this will indeed be a 5.5-inch screen, but put inside a body as compact as the one of the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S5. LG has allegedly achieved this by minimizing screen bezel on all sides drastically.

The design of the LG G3, on the other hand, is said to continue the traditions of the G2, with a polycarbonate body and buttons on the back of the phone. This time around, though, we are likely to see a smooth matte plastic finish in lieu of the glossy one of the G2. Moreover, the LG G3 plastic back will have an underlying pattern reminiscent of the brushed finish on the new HTC One (M8). With the G3, LG is said to have opted for a removable back cover. Having an easily removable back cover is often a pre-requisite (and a very good indication) for the likely presence of an expandable memory via a microSD card slot.

The LG G3 feature no buttons on the front (the phone allegedly uses on-screen navigation keys), while the rear keys are placed in the center-back, however, the buttons themselves are smaller than the ones on LG’s 2013 flagship. An LED light is said to be built in the lock key, another neat new addition.

We don’t know much about the camera, but the mockup of the G3 above shows that it does feature a new, dual-shot flash light on the right, and something that looks like an infra-red (IR) beamer on the left.

Finally, expectations are that LG will officially unveil the G3 in just a month - in May. If so, the LG G3 will become the first Quad HD smartphone from a non-Chinese company.

source: Nixanbal (translated)

Related phones

  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow



101. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG G3 is trending.... i never seen LG like this before... indeed LG is rising! kudos LG!

96. baldilocks

Posts: 1559; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

THIS is why Android phone still need a menu button at the bottom of apps, NOT at the top.

93. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Note 4 is not impressed

91. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Is this the actual look of it, or a lame made up render? Derp mockup, i hope it doesn't use this color it looks bad. Brushed metal plastic is dumb. The only problem with the G2's build was it was shitty quality and chipped / scratched easy.

83. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That looks way bigger than the GS5. Could be the screen playing tricks on us though. I guess we wait until we see a picture with the screen off. Still not sure how I feel about back buttons though. Let's hope Google keeps on doing the right thing and give us a Nexus 6 with a 5 inch QHD screen and puts the buttons back on the sides. The Nexus 6 would slaughter everything if they can do that while making it smaller than the Nexus 5.

81. loccoc402

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Wow! This design look strong,very great. LG G3 FTW!

79. hgimasa

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Here is the next NEXUS!!!! NEXUS 6!

71. Takeharu

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So if OPPO comes with a QHD display everyone is complaining about the fact that it will be too power consuming and when LG does it, it's the best thing ever?* *Sigh...*

72. papss unregistered

One word... Support. Plus looking at the screen comparison on both versions of the oppo its clear that they have no idea how to get the colors tight.

73. Takeharu

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Okay, you got me there. From the screenshots I've seen neither display looks properly calibrated which I find extremely odd considering the fact that my Find 5 is still one of the best 1080p displays out there (about the same as the HTC One (m7)). Hope they'll fix that before the official release.

68. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

It kinda looks like a Nokia device... anyway I like it! I hope it lives up to expectations!

59. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


54. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

We're at this point in time that if I were you guys/gals, I wouldn't worry so much about hw firepower if you're already on Snadpragon 600 upwards SoC class w/ FHD screen. For what "MASS" practical use are Quad HD for, when it comes to 6" down screens are beyond me and higher res + ppi = higher GPU load remember that. All of these Snapdragon "800+" variants are nothing more than OC'ed CPU + GPU parts w/ added efficiencies yes but so long if you're not some full time professional mobile gamer, there's little to no incentive to rush for an upgrade. . .we're merely months away from the 1st ARM64 capable Snapdragons ffs. Fundamentally even more important, things like batt life (yes LG got this covered as proven on its G2) and faster more efficient firmware/software updates' policy should be given higher priority. I dislike the fact that most LG fans pay good money for flagship models only for them to have to wait out substantially long and look at competing brand models get updates 1st. I'm not seeing the excuse as LG runs a far leaner product portfolio than say Samsung (which is an excellent differentiator mind you one of these days Samsung will rue the day they tried to corner every RRP segment) maybe they're in serious need of hiring more devs OR better yet just put out dev phones and cut some deals w/ some of the more established custom ROM developments available kinda like how Oppo does it w/ Cyanogenmod.

67. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

LG was first out with KitKat in Korea, then they kept hammering out bugs before releasing it to the rest of the world, which was some week after S4 got it. Also CM 11 still isn't at stable, so how is that better? LG may not have been the fastest with updates, but they sure are figuring it out and picking up pace quickly.

48. s_boy

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 30, 2013

This is one of those 'take my money!!' moments

43. TMach unregistered

Thin bezels look great....BUT, I hear the sound of breaking glass......Would this be shatter proof? I would not want to accidentally drop it!

82. loccoc402

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

You can buy screen protector glass

38. somebody

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Is it water resistance? Dust proof?

39. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Apparently IP67 certified

107. somebody

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Just like the S5 huh.

60. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


36. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

designs is kina pale. G2's design is great but not this

37. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

But that's the whole point of the design. Simple + efficient + practicality + elegant = G3 design practicality + simple + efficient = G2 design The matte plastic that is apparently going to resemble aluminium will be great. Even the simple looking Nexus 5 looks good. Just look at the bezels!! its awesome

66. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012



Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

5.5 inches should be considered a phablet. Is there a large screen war going on?

34. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Define phablet. It really depends on the person. Some people will say a phone with a large screen is a phablet others will say a device with a large body is a phablet. If they increase their display size and keep a similar body size as suggested in the article I wouldn't consider the G3 as a "phablet". In fact it would look beautiful with some characteristics such as the matte back plastic cover and the bezel-lacking design. Phones have grown larger since the beginning of the age of smartphones.

42. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Define phablet? To people with iPhones any phone with a screen bigger than 4"

26. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

they need to put G Pro 2's buttons instead of those small ones

32. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I think the back buttons on this one looks much more stylish and futuristic.

56. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You are correct. However, here is the problem, carriers like to make modification to the devices. Remember what Verizon did to the G2 physical buttons? OEMS need to stand their ground are not allow any physical modifications. Is bad enough we have to endure the bloat and branding.

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